Buster Bear was raised by Grant Borkowski (center), a 2020 graduate of the Glidden-Ralston Community School District. The duo earned Grand Champion Market Steer and Reserve Supreme Champion Market Animal honors at the Carroll County 4-H Show during the Carroll County Fair.
DMACC is marking its 19th year as a steer sponsor at the Iowa Governor's Charity Steer Show, which will be held on August 15 at the Hansen Agricultural Center at Iowa State University. The annual show usually takes place at the Iowa State Fair, which was canceled this year.
Every summer, Iowa Governor's Charity Steer Show sponsors (such as DMACC) purchase a steer from an Iowa 4-H member upon the completion of their respective county fair. From there, the 4-H member takes care of the animal until the show, where the animal is weighed in and shown by a celebrity representative selected by the sponsor.
This year, current DMACC Agribusiness student and Mark Pearson FFA Leadership Scholar Morgan Knapp of Bloomfield will show DMACC's steer. Knapp, a graduate of Davis County Community Schools, was a contestant in the American Angus Association's 2020 Miss American Angus Competition.
The animals are evaluated by a beef judge, and then sold in a charity auction at the close of the show. All proceeds from the auction go to Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Iowa.
Over the years, DMACC-sponsored steers have brought in more than $177,000 for RMHC, and the show has raised nearly $4 million since it began in 1983!
If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to RMHC as part of DMACC's steer sponsorship, please email DMACC Agribusiness Professor Travis Lautner at firstname.lastname@example.org by August 13.
Learn more: www.dmacc.edu/programs/ag/Pages/govsteer.aspx